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The following table is a side-by-side comparison of reconstruction, reclamation and rehabilitation:
The City identifies streets to be improved in the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This plan is reviewed annually in order to prioritize the identified streets based on a variety of factors including: street condition, age, condition of utilities and the type of street.
Property owners will receive formal notification via US Mail for the following:
The City will also post updates about design, neighborhood meetings, and construction progress on the City’s website, where there is also an option to sign up for e-mail or text message updates related to each project. During construction, the City’s contractor will distribute door flyers to communicate construction impacts such as parking restrictions and water service interruptions during the project.
The City strives to protect trees to the greatest extent possible on all street projects; however, the following trees may require trimming or outright removal:
Design staff will identify potentially problematic trees, and will work with the City Forester to determine if trimming or removal may be necessary. The City Forester will also be available to meet with residents and answer specific questions about potential tree impacts during the Neighborhood Meeting process.
Garbage service will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. The Contractor will provide access to garbage haulers to make garbage pickups.
Prior to the start of construction, property owners are encouraged to salvage and transplant any plants that they wish to save for re-installation following construction, and to mark any of the following buried items with flags, stakes, or other markers:
Property owners will be asked to provide information to City staff about landscape elements through the Neighborhood Meeting process as the City will repair most above-ground features impacted by construction activities such as landscaping rock or edging, fencing, and retaining walls. The City will also restore all maintained turf areas with sod for projects related to reconstruction, and with seed for projects related to rehabilitation or reclamation. projects in areas of parks, and unmaintained grass areas.
The City will NOT replace the following:
1) Municipal State Aid Funding for designated higher traffic routes where possible.
2) Ad Valorem taxes via the Infrastructure Trust Fund (for approximately 60% of street improvements if Municipal State Aid Funding is not available)
3) Special Assessments (for approximately 40% of street improvements)
4) Sewer and Water Utility Fund (for 100% of sanitary sewer and watermain improvements)
5) Storm Water Utility Fund (for 100% of storm sewer and drainage improvements)
The City of Burnsville’s Special Assessment Policy provides a standard method by which assessments are calculated for street reconstruction, rehabilitation and reclamation projects from year to year. Assessments are calculated by abutting street footage and are based upon land usage. Street footage is adjusted to account for irregularities in lot sizes and shapes. For instance, residential corner lots will receive reductions in street footage to reduce the burden, while lots in cul-de-sacs will receive increases in street footage to account for irregular lot shapes.
The assessment amount for the entire current year’s street reconstruction, rehabilitation or reclamation project will be the lesser of the two scenarios below: 1) Average of the last three years of assessment rates for reconstruction or rehabilitation, or2) 40% of the current year’s project cost for street reconstruction or rehabilitation work (does not include utility work, which is not assessed)
1) February – Preliminary Report: Estimated maximum front footage assessment based on proposed improvement method, preliminary design data, and budgeted cost estimates. You will receive notice of the assessment rate, and have an opportunity to view your estimated assessment.
2) September – Final Assessment Hearing: Final assessment rate is based on actual construction costs, and may be lower than the rate proved in the Preliminary Report. The final assessment rate cannot be higher than the estimated assessment rate provided in February. Formal notices with individual property assessments are sent via U.S. Mail to each assessed property owner.
Assessment value of $1-$199.99: 1 yearAssessment value of $200-$999.99: 5 yearsAssessment value of $1000-$1999.99: 10 yearsAssessment value of $2000 and over: 15 years
Assessments paid off through property tax statements are subject to interest over the period of the payoff. The assessment can be paid off early, but the property owner must work through Dakota County to do this. The City of Burnsville only accepts assessment payments for the entire amount during the first 30 days after the assessment hearing as described earlier in this section.
It is common in street reconstruction areas for independent contractors and companies to solicit their services, either through door-to-door or mail marketing. These services may be of any type, but the most common services are for driveway replacement, landscape work, and sewer and water repair services. The City of Burnsville DOES NOT solicit any of these commercial services to residents. If residents are interested in any solicited service, they are encouraged to verify a contractor’s licensing and registration status with the State of Minnesota by visiting the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry website. Additional information regarding door-to-door solicitation rules for the City of Burnsville are available by entering the search term “solicitor” at www.burnsville.org.